Song of the Day: The Soft Pack - Answer to Yourself

photo by SJCorbett

photo by SJCorbett

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Answer to Yourself” by The Soft Pack from their 2010 self-titled album on Kemado Records.

The Soft Pack - Answer to Yourself (MP3)


The great thing about changing your band name is that you get another chance to make a splash among the endless waves of new bands by which everyone is assaulted with every day. In the case of The Soft Pack, née The Muslims, that second chance comes by way of the band’s first full length release since changing their name over a year ago.

The eponymous album, freshly minted on Kemado Records, is the band’s hotly tipped offering of the new decade and features the single “Answer To Yourself.” The track draws heavily from post-hardcore D.C. and feels like something Rob Gordon would put on after yet another hapless breakup; at the very least as a pick-me-up of self-starting encouragement. Vocalist Matt Lamkin sings the words “Don’t get stuck in a rut or stuck in the same / Yeah, you got exactly what you need” and you get the idea that maybe he wrote the words in the moment of solidarity you experience after that breakup. Wrap up the package with a resounding chorus of “I think I’m going to die / Before I see my time” and a screeching and unrelenting guitar solo, and The Soft Pack, while not necessarily reinventing the wheel, have nailed that garage sound.

The Soft Pack are taking the wave of talk about them and riding it straight into a full UK tour starting this month, followed by a few European dates, and then washing across the U.S. with dates in Atlanta, D.C., NYC, Detroit, Seattle, and a handful of others. Check their MySpace page for the specifics. For Seattleites looking to catch the group, they perform on April 13th at Chop Suey with tour support from Male Bonding. Also, they’ll be performing live on The Late Show with David Letterman this Friday!

Just recently, they were in town in support of Phoenix and stopped by KEXP that day for a quick, hard punching in-studio. Here are a few song from the session, including today’s Song of the Day:

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